Even though the main focus of the Geneva International Motor Show is road cars, this year motorsport is well represented. In a lot of cases a race car is simply part of the stand. Ford has brought their Ford GT and Toyota has their LMP1 challenger on display, including a part-display which shows the car’s cockpit. Other exhibitors are also keen to showcase their continuing involvement in motorsport.
None more so than Audi. Their press conference on 7 March was dominated by their new DTM car, the RS5, which was presented alongside it’s road going sibling.
The 2016 WEC season saw the end of Audi’s involvement in that series, but Audi will not disappear from the racing scene. Next to the RS5 they repeated the news that for the 2017/2018 Formula E series they will enter a manufacturer team. At the moment Audi is already involved in Formula E through their work with the Abt team.
Perhaps surprisingly Jaguar did not bring their Formula E car. They are competing in the current season of Formula E with their manufacturer team.
Aston Martin added to all other motorsport news in Geneva by revealing they have signed a new 5 year contract with Prodrive which includes the customer teams. As a result both cars in WEC’s GTE Pro class are now fully supported by Aston Martin.
Featured images courtesy of Nicky Hofland